Skanska USA Announces New Leadership in Pittsburgh Office

Press release 2/23/2016 12:00 PM EST

Skanska USA, one of the world’s leading construction and development companies, today announced the hire of Mehmet Akinci as new area manager and vice president of operations for infrastructure construction in its Pittsburgh office.

Akinci joins Dino Persichetti, vice president of building construction, in growing the Skanska presence in this region. Together they will pursue opportunities in the healthcare, life sciences, education, infrastructure, and power and industrial market sectors.

A Pittsburgh resident and industry veteran, Akinci brings more than 20 years of diverse experience in infrastructure construction. Prior to Skanska, he spent 14 years working as a general manager and project executive with Trumbull Construction, where he oversaw and managed projects in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Akinci brings global experience to Skanska, having worked in Turkey, Cypress, the United Kingdom and various cities in the United States. Akinci has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

“The Pittsburgh construction market is seeing a resurgence in infrastructure projects particularly new highway construction, water treatment facilities and power plants,” said Mike Viggiano, Executive Vice President overseeing Skanska’s civil infrastructure work in the Northeast. “Mehmet’s extensive national and international experience, paired with his local contacts and market expertise, will help us grow in this region.

Skanska has extensive experience in the Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley  working on such projects as the new Indian River Bridge, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Expansion, and the University of Delaware Harrington Residence Hall in Delaware, as well as SugarHouse Casino andthe Philadelphia International Airport Terminal A expansions in Philadelphia.